Alfred Tomatis’ Audio-Psycho-Phonology

Audio-Psycho-Phonology, APP, is a re-training of the listening function of the ear.

The ear is primary to language development.

Developed by Alfred Tomatis, a French ear, nose and throat physician, Audio-Psycho-Phonology/APP is a re-training of the listening function of our ear. Dr. Tomatis’ research is increasingly being used with children and adults to help with sensory integration, visual/motor coordination, ADD/ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, depression, memory, auditory processing, and ear training for musicians and singers.

Listening integrates our sensations and perceptions.

Beginning in utero, the fetus becomes aware of the sounds and frequencies in the fluids of the mother’s body and her voice. APP engages this developmental listening process by using filters with the mother’s recorded voice, reproducing how sound is heard in utero and deepening the effect of the listening re-training.

The ear is also primary to language development in Our ability to focus, switch our attention, ignore background noise, and modulate the intensity of our incoming perceptions all contribute to good listening. Through the vestibular and cerebellar systems we integrate all of the sensory information that comes into us, then coordiniate it with motor movements of the body and eyes. This system is also important in regulating our anxiety.

Higher frequencies charge the cortex of our brain and give us energy, lower frequencies engage the vestibular system affecting our body’s motor abilities and the visual motor skills important to learning.

When the ear’s ability to process sound improves, it’s easier to learn. We focus attention, selecting what sounds we want to hear and tuning out those that are unwanted. As it becomes easier to understand what is being communicated to us, the joy of communicating with others and expressing ourselves returns!

As it becomes easier to understand what is being communicated to us, the joy of communicating with others and expressing ourselves returns!

An initial Listening Evaluation is followed by a program of 50 to 200 hours of auditory stimulation over several months. Sharron creates an individually tailored program to target the frequency ranges that have been impaired and then monitors the ear’s progress in better detecting subtle discriminations of language, musical, & emotional response. A specialized machine, developed by Alfred Tomatis, filters & gates music so it is specifically patterned for your child’s ear, giving optimal stimulation at the frequencies they need and are deficient in.

Audio-Psycho-Phonology is used in many European countries, Canada and the United States to assist auditory processing and overall neurological organization in children as well as adults.

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